CITB NI and Radius Housing have joined forces as part of a new apprenticeship award programme designed to support craft construction apprentices, who have overcome considerable adversity in their lives, as they work towards completing their training and achieving a construction qualification at NVQ Level 2 / Level 3.
The Apprenticeship Endeavour Award, worth a sum of £500, is open to those apprentices who undertook their training between September 2016 and August 2018. The competition is free to enter and entries will subsquently be judged by a selection panel.
Commenting on the significance of the new apprentice award, Barry Nielson, Chief Executive of CITB NI, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Radius Housing to recognise an apprentice''s journey, against all odds, to continue their education and achieve a construction qualification. We want to acknowledge an apprentice who hasn''t given up despite difficulties and reward them for their determination and achievements. Individuals can apply directly or be nominated by a third party".
John McLean, Chief Executive of Radius Housing, added: "As a leading social enterprise involved in housing care care and support to over 33,000 homes across Northern Ireland we are delighted to be partnering with CITB NI in this new award and providing the £500 award. Many construction apprentices have worked on our social housing developments and we understand the needs, demands and challenges faced within the sector".
The competition is open for entries from Monday, 1st October 2018 and will close on Wednesday 19th December, 2018.
The winner of the Apprenticeship Endeavour Award will be presented with their prize at the Skillbuild NI finals on Friday, 22nd March 2019 at Belfast Metropolitan College.